Novice Auctioneer of the Year

Developing, nurturing and inspiring new talent is the lifeblood of most organisations and for NAVA it's of paramount importance.

For auctioneers and valuers just starting out in the business NAVA Novice Auctioneer of the Year, now in its 9th year, is the most important event in the auctioneering calendar. 

This year's competition was held at The Oxford Belfry on 6 September with a record number of 12 contestants taking part. The format of the day included a first round where all contestants auctioned off 5 lots, demonstrating their skills in a simulated live auction.

In this fiercely competitive first round the contestants were not given an easy ride by 30 bidders in the audience who raised a number issues to see how our auctioneers could handle them. The judges commented on how difficult the task of narrowing the field down to our 3 finalists due to the high standards on show.

The three finalists were then invited to take to the rostrum again after the Annual NAVA Gala Dinner. All three gave a stunning performance in the final but there had to be an overall winner. After careful deliberation the judging panel gave a unanimous result and Shelley Cregg was crowned the new NAVA Novice Auctioneer of the Year.

Sponsors

Antiques Trade Gazette

Clive Emson Auctioneers

 

Shelley Cregg

Shelley Cregg
NAVA Novice Auctioneer of the Year 2016

Shelley hails from the beautiful rolling hills in the Cotswold’s she is passionate about antiques and the preservation and conservation of all things old. But it was only after the birth of her second child that she decided to pursue a career in auctioneering joining Stag Auctions in 2015. Speaking after her win Shelley said:

"The competition was an amazing experience. It was incredibly nerve racking but well worth it. I was thrilled to have made it to the final three let alone to go on and win. The biggest challenge for me that I hadn't fully acknowledged until the day, was that I was about to get on a rostrum as an auctioneer and sell items in front of some of the industry’s most respected professionals who have been in the game for a long time. No pressure!

The whole experience has helped improve my knowledgeand confidence as an auctioneer in my infancy. The credibility that comes with NAVA and the competition is a great foundation to work from. I came to the competition from a chattels background and now work in estate agency. It would be wonderful to combine this with auctioneering in the future"

The Runners-Up

Sally Smith

Sally Smith

Sally has been working within the property world since she was 17, and has been in Auctions for 7 years, as department head.  During her time within Loveitts Auctions she has learnt a great deal, from appraising not only residential and commercial properties but land and investments too. Actually getting on the Rostrum is the only element of the department that she has not experienced and decided to make the step up this year.

Michael Marchant

Michael Marchant

Michael joined Clive Emson Auctioneers in May 2013 and has steadily developed his knowledge of land and property over the last three years, passing the level 3 award in Real Property Auctioneering in December 2015. Having never taken to the rostrum before he hopes that the competition will provide an insight into the skills required to make himself a successful auctioneer.

The Judges

Our highly experienced panel of judges was made up of Gary Parker – NAVA Ex-President, David Sanderman – eminent barrister and Managing Director of EI Group, and Noelle McElhatton – Editor of Antiques Trade Gazette.

They assessed the candidates’ competencies across a wide range of criteria including interaction with the bidders, response in dealing with ‘difficult’ questions from the room such as how do we know the painting is authentic, can I pay by credit, why has the bike got a different registration to the description in the catalogue?

Thank You To All Our Competitors

Katie Banks

Kate Banks 
Keys Auctioneers

Barry Clayton

Barry Clayton 
Freelance

Jamie Russell

Jamie Russell 
Lyon and Turnbull

Truman Hunt

Truman Hunt 
Thimbleby & Shorland

Sam Rashid

Sam Rashid 
SDL Graham Penny

Jack Chapman

Jack Chapman
Dreweatts

Ashley Matthews

Ashley Matthews 
Dreweatts

Niall Fry

Niall Fry 
Nesbit’s

Richard Watkins

Richard Watkins 
McCartneys LLP